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Newport Folk Fest Suite Judy Blue Eyes
photo by Nina Westervelt, via Newport Folk Fest Instagram
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Fleet Foxes, Shins, Fruit Bats, etc members cover “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” with Judy Collins (pro video out now)

Pro-shot video released of Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), James Mercer (The Shins), Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Jason Isbell, John Stirratt (Wilco), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), and Janet Weiss (Quasi, ex-Sleater-Kinney) covering the song at Newport Folk Fest with ”Judy Blue Eyes” herself.

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Broken Bells share new single “Good Luck” (stream)

The duo of Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer have shared their latest single, which is their third since 2014's After the Disco.

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Free Throw (via Instagram)
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tours announced: Free Throw, Phony Ppl, Plague Vendor, Pure Bathing Culture, more

Plus: Kataklysm/Exhorder, Cannabis Corpse, Janelle Monae, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), The Raconteurs, Eric Andre, and more tour-related news.

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Bill’s Indie Basement (4/12): the week in classic indie, college rock, and more

This week: reviews of new albums from Sonny & The Sunsets, Unlikely Friends and Holiday Ghosts, plus new Slumberland band Jeanines, more Wannadies reissues, and a British synthpop comp.

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Big Search
photo by Shervin Lainez
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Big Search releasing a new LP (stream a track ft. The Shins’ James Mercer)

Big Search's sophomore album 'Slow Fascination' comes out in April via Danger Mouse's 30th Century Records, and also features contributions from Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste.

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Kyle Crane
photo by Robbie Jeffers
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The Shins’ James Mercer teams with Kyle Crane for “Wishing Cap” (listen)

Kyle Crane's guest-filled solo album also features Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Peter from Peter Bjorn & John, and more.

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Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt (photo by Samuel Richard)
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12 New Songs Out Today

Listen to new songs by Jessica Pratt, Thom Yorke, Phoebe Bridgers, Christine & The Queens, Primitive Man, Myrkur, Autechre, Y La Bamba, Homeshake, and more.

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watch 3/4ths of R.E.M. reunite w/ mems of Sleater-Kinney, Decemberists & more for Scott McCaughey benefit

Lots of R.E.M. songs were played, Colin Meloy, James Mercer and Scott himself (who's on the road to recovery after a stroke in November).

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Modest Mouse release another new song & more LP details

Modest Mouse already put out two songs from their new album, Strangers to Ourselves, and now they've got a third out, "The Best Room." Listen, and check out the just-revealed album tracklist, below...

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Fruit Bats’ Eric D Johnson releasing a solo LP as EDJ feat. James Mercer & more, playing NYC after tour w/ Delta Spirit

Though Fruit Bats are no more, main member Eric D. Johnson is now pursuing a solo career, which should hopefully fill that Fruit Bats void in our li...

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